Public consultation on "Bio-based industries, towards a public-private partnership under Horizon 2020?"
Under FP7, the EU's currently ongoing seventh Framework Programme for Research, certain sectors
pioneered the use of public-private partnerships (PPP), as a novel means to manage and implement EU
Research Programmes. In the context of a PPP, both private and public sector contribute resources to
support research and innovation activities, based on multi-annual research agendas.
Examples of PPPs operating under FP7 include: European Green Cars Initiative, Factories of the
Future, Innovative Medicines Initiative, Clean Sky, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen. The continued use ofpublic-private partnerships is explicitly provided for under Horizon 2020.
A large group of stakeholders from the bio-based industries has shown strong interest in the creation of a new PPP in the area of bio-based industries and has expressed a commitment to contribute to its activities. The Commission is considering supporting a PPP in the area of bio-based industries, addressing specific parts of Horizon 2020 : "Sustainable and competitive bio-based industries" and
"Alternative fuels and mobile energy sources".
In light of the above, an open stakeholder consultation is being launched with a view to soliciting comments and collecting inputs from stakeholders. This input will be used to assess and shape this potential initiative.